Plant Select Demonstration Garden

In 2012, the Idaho Botanical Garden was invited to become a demonstration garden for the Plant Select® program. Plant Select® is a cooperative program administered by Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) and Colorado State University in conjunction with horticulturists and nurseries throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. The purpose of Plant Select® is to identify and distribute the best plants for landscapes and gardens from the Intermountain Region to the High Plains.

Plants are chosen each year that thrive in the variable conditions of Rocky Mountain gardens. Inclusion criteria include the plants’ ability to thrive in a variety of Rocky Mountain zones, pest and disease resistance, non-invasiveness, a long season of beauty, good performance under low water conditions, uniqueness, and capability of being mass produced.

Plants were placed in several clustered beds at IBG in October 2012. Even though 2013 was their first year in the ground, the beds are already spectacular and provide a great opportunity to showcase new plants that thrive in our growing conditions.

The Plant Select® Demonstration Garden is located just below the Vegetable Garden and Pencil Bench, above our greenhouses. Please check it out next time you are here. And for more information on the Plant Select® program, visit